Hulu hopes to kick off a new true crime obsession this spring. The platform will premiere Boston Strangler, a thriller about the notorious Boston murders of the 1960s.

The film, from writer/director Matt Ruskin, follows the trailblazing reporters who broke the story of the Boston Strangler. Two-time Oscar nominee Keira Knightley leads the cast as Loretta McLaughlin, a reporter for the Record-American newspaper. Loretta becomes the first journalist to connect the Boston Strangler murders. As the mysterious killer claims more and more victims, she attempts to continue her investigation alongside colleague and confidante Jean Cole (Carrie Coon). Yet the duo finds themselves stymied by the rampant sexism of the era. Nevertheless, they bravely pursue the story at great personal risk, putting their own lives on the line in their quest to uncover the truth.  

Ridley Scott produces the film, alongside Kevin J. Walsh, Michael Pruss, Josey McNamara, and Tom Ackerley, with Michael Fottrell and Sam Roston serving as executive producers. In addition to Knightley and Coon, the film stars Alessandro Nivola, David Dastmalchian, Morgan Spector, Bill Camp, and Chris Cooper.

Boston Strangler Companion Podcast

In addition to the feature film, those interested in the true crime story can check out the companion podcast, launching ahead of the film’s release. The three-part narrative series will be hosted by award-winning journalist and former Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr, who knew Loretta McLaughlin and has reported on the Boston Strangler case. The podcast will delve into the backstories and tragic fate of the victims linked to the Boston Strangler case and explore why these half-century-old killings remain the subject of so much fascination. You can listen for free on all major podcast platforms. ABC Audio (a division of ABC News) produces the podcast.

The film Boston Strangler comes from 20th Century Studios. It will premiere on Hulu March 17.

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